Music is an incredibly powerful phenomenon. When you hear it, it resonates inside you. If you like it, it might move you to tears, joy, or awe; if you don’t like it, it will cause disgust or annoyance. Playing music will accentuate that experience even more, because your mind, heart, and body is concentrated on making that sound that pleases you and that moves you to experience something pleasant.
Music is also an effective way to express specific emotions and communicate messages. Structured the right way, music can carry a message – even without words. For example, Ludwig Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture is a piece of classical music that tells the story of a general who was bloodthirsty to invade Rome and a pious mother who pleads with him to desist – the struggle of these dynamics is very tangid. Nowadays, music tends to circle around the pain of heartbreak – lyrics carry consolation, express pain, point people in the right direction or give them the emotions that they are lacking.
Music has also served the purpose of protecting the Earth, and has been successful in doing so. In 1971, Marvin Gaye launched Mercy, Mercy me, which lamented the state of the polluted environment and the loss of what was once pristine. It became a huge hit. Other artists, such as Jamiroquai, took up the banner and began composing songs that carried warnings of what we were doing to the Earth and ourselves – such as When you gonna learn or Emergency on Planet Earth. Paired with videos, these songs became more vivid and expressive in the message they were trying to send.
Artistic celebrities are becoming increasingly more aware of the dangers our planet is going through, either expressing it through their music or embracing the cause. Jack Johnson is pushing for more environmental education and eco-habits within his own label. Neil Young’s website has a huge Earth section (GoEarth.org) about the beauties of our planet, news, and stuff we can do to help (basically, everything this blog is trying to accomplish, but with more beautiful imagery). Ludovico Einaudi composed and even played on top of a melting Arctic glacier to call attention to global warming.
Use music. Share music. Make music. There is a wonderful, life-changing tool out there with the power to reach into the depths of your soul and move you to a consciousness that you could not reach yourself. Appreciate it, be thankful for it – make a difference with it!